Carina Costa graduated in Chemistry at the University of Aveiro, in Portugal, in 2007. Two years later she finished her Master in Analytical Chemistry in the same university. In 2010 she earned a research fellowship at Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP, Portugal), Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials (LCM, Associate Laboratory LSRE-LCM) to work in IBEROMARE project focused in the valorization of marine resources and wastes. In 2017 Carina Costa concluded her Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering at FEUP with a thesis entitled “Vanillin and Syringaldehyde from Side Streams of Pulp and Paper Industries and Biorefineries”. Since then she has been working as researcher at the LSRE-LCM, FEUP, in the study of lignin valorization through the production of high added-value chemicals.

Supervisors: Alírio Rodrigues


Lignin valorization
Lignin oxidation and characterization
Production of vanillin and syringaldehyde


P.C.R. Pinto, C. Oliveira, C.A.E. Costa, A.E. Rodrigues. Performance of Side-Streams from Eucalyptus Processing as Sources of Polysaccharides and Lignins by Kraft Delignification. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 55, 516-526, 2016 C.A.E. Costa, W. Coleman, M. Dube, A.E. Rodrigues, P.C.R. Pinto. Assessment of key features of lignin from lignocellulosic crops: Stalks and roots of corn, cotton, sugarcane, and tobacco. Industrial Crops and Products, 92, 136-148, 2016 P.C.R. Pinto, C. Oliveira, C.A. Costa, A. Gaspar, T. Faria, J. Ataíde, A.E. Rodrigues. Kraft delignification of energy crops in view of pulp production and lignin valorization. Industrial Crops and Products, 71, 153-162, 2015 C.A.E. Costa, P.C.R. Pinto, A.E. Rodrigues. Radar Tool for Lignin Classification on the Perspective of Its Valorization. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 54, 7580-7590, 2015 C.A.E. Costa, P.C.R. Pinto, A.E. Rodrigues. Evaluation of chemical processing impact on E. globulus wood lignin and comparison with bark lignin. Industrial Crops and Products, 61, 479-491, 2014 P.C.R. Pinto, C.E. Costa, A.E. Rodrigues. Oxidation of lignin from eucalyptus globulus pulping liquors to produce syringaldehyde and vanillin. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 52, 4421-4428, 2013 C. Costa, A. Alves, P.R. Pinto, R.A. Sousa, E.A. Borges da Silva, R.L. Reis, A.E. Rodrigues. Characterization of ulvan extracts to assess the effect of different steps in the extraction procedure. Carbohydrate Polymers, 88, 537-546, 2012 E.A. Borges da Silva, C.A.E. Costa, V.J.P. Vilar, C.M.S. Botelho, M.B. Larosi, J.M.P. Saracho, R.A.R. Boaventura. Water Remediation Using Calcium Phosphate Derived From Marine Residues. Water Air and Soil Pollution, 223, 989-1003, 2012


BIOBLOCKS - Concepção de produtos de base biológica como percursores para a bioindústria de síntese química e de biomateriais a partir de fontes lenhocelulósicas. Reference: SI IDT - 33969/2012 F2. Funded by: QREN/AdI, QREN Project. Starting Date: 2013/07/01. Duration: 24 months. IBEROMARE - Centro Multipolar de Valorização de Recursos e Resíduos Mar. Reference: 0330_ IBEROMARE_1_P. Funded by: Autoridade de Gestão do Programa Operacional de Cooperação Transfronteiriça Espanha-Portugal, Programa Operacional de Cooperação Transfronteiriça Espanha-. Starting Date: 2009/04/01. Duration: 42 months.
Carina Costa
Postdoctoral Researcher